APS earns national financial reporting award

Atlanta Public Schools won the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

The award reflects the commitment of APS and its staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting, according to GFOA. To achieve the award, APS’ budget documents were rated “proficient” in all four categories, including development of an effective policy document, financial plan, operations guide and a communications device. APS also had to achieve proficiency in 14 mandatory criteria within the four categories to receive the award.

Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America, according to GFOA.

“We are very proud to have earned this national recognition from such a prestigious organization,” said Charles Burbridge, chief financial officer for Atlanta Public Schools. “We work hard every day to manage the school district’s financial resources with the view in mind of providing maximum support for our students to facilitate their continued academic achievement.”

APS earned GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award last year. APS also earned the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for its 2009-2010 annual budget.

GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving more than 17,600 government finance professionals throughout North America.

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